Big Questions

Should autonomous drones make the kill decision without a human in the loop?

  • Should we ban autonomous nuclear weapons?
  • De need a new international accord to control drone proliferation?

Should the President of the United States have unilateral authority to order a nuclear attack?

Peril by Bob Woodward

How many nuclear warheads exist in the world?

The number of nuclear warheads has dropped significantly, but more countries now
possess them.

Does human nature doom us to fight one another?

  • When did war first start?
  • Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities?
  • Why are warriors almost always men?
  • Is war ever within our control?

Has the disruption of the military by COVID-19 pushed the military towards more autonomous force projection across all of its strategic platforms?

If AI can produce human-equivalent writing-on-demand, does the pen become mightier than the sword in terms of its propaganda potential and impact on people and countries?

Are these our cyber warriors of the future? Should we really be encouraging kids down this path?


Why is War Never-Ending?

War is never-ending because it is the primary engine that builds wealth and power for the military-industrial complex’s WAR PROFITEERS. Up to half of the estimated $14 trillion that the Pentagon has spent in the two decades since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has gone to corporate defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics and others that spend heavily to lobby politicians to keep war from ending. It’s the business model for WAR PROFITEERS. When one war “ends,” another begins because millions of shareholders depend on it.

Why is war never-ending?

Follow the money and you’ll get your answer.


The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine by Andrew Cockburn
Profits of War: Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network by Ari Ben-Menashe

Big Picture

Big Picture / Human Society / Politics & Government / War

Degrees and kinds of war

The theory and conduct of war

Military & Endless War

The consequences (brutality) of war

Memoria by James Nachtwey

Further reading:


Existential Risk Does Not Touch Us